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Risk Assessment: It Is Personal

By William Shouldis Meaningful lessons from large-scale incidents will assist firefighters in gaining proficiency and increasing professionalism. The sharing of information must be practical and have "real-world" application to enhance personnel safety. Actions have risks and consequences. Each must be fully understood. True learning is directly linked to understanding the difference between the natural instincts of immediate involvement by firefighters and an avoidance of clearly recognized hazards during an emergency call. It is essential that a contrast between the "on-scene" factors of fire growth, building construction, and occupant survivability be evaluated by i...

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